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THE DEATH OF ULYSSES.
And a-boue hit ho bare, on the bright end,
13828 pan hit semet, for-sothe, pat pe selfe woman Wold haue faryn hym fro, but first ho hym said. "This is a signe, for-sothe, of a sure, Emperour, And the coniunctoun vniust is Joynit vs betwene,
13832 Is care for to come, with a cold ende."
Than waknet the wegh of his wan slepe, Myche dut he his dreme, & dred hym perfore. Anone as the night past, the noble kyng sent 13836 ffor Devinours full duly, & of depe wit.
When pai comyn were to court, he the case told Of the note in the night & the new dreme. All wiston tho wise, by the weghis tale, 13840 He shuld duly be ded of his derfe sone. Hit fell hym by fortune of a foole end. ban Vlixes the lege kyng, of his lyf feerd, Telamocus he toke, his tru sone,
13848 Hit tide, as I told haue in tymes before, bat Vlixes with a lady in a lond dwellit, High[t] Cerces, for-soth, as I said ere.
He hade a child with pat choise was a chere sone, 13852 þat Telagonius in his tyme truly was cald ;
And none wist hit, I-wis, but his wale moder,
13856 He fraynit at the fre, who his fader was,
In what lond he was lent, & if he lyue hade.
hand, and on the point of it a pan of fish.
She declares the
meaning of the
13844 Stake hym in a stith house, & stuerne men to be shut up and
Wallit full wele, with water aboute.
Thus he keppit hym full cloise, & in care held,
The Diviners declare he will perish by the hand of his son.
inquires of his
After much delay she informs him Ulysses is his father.
resolves to go in search of his
He sets sail.
(fol. 212 a.)
He arrives at
The guards drive him back harshly:
he kills one of them, and scatters the others.
Sho layuit hit full long, & list not to telle, ffor the sake of hir sone, lest he soght furth. 13860 This mild of his moder so mainly dessiret,
bat ho said hym o sycher, all in soche wordes, bat Vlixes the lord was his leue fader; And enfourmet hym fully of þe fre rewme, 13864 pat the worthy in-wonet, as a wale kyng. Thelagonius of the tale truly was fayne,
And depely dessyret the duke for to knowe.
The mon at his moder mekely toke leue,
The lady hir leue son lyuely can pray, 13872 To hie hym in hast hom to his moder.
The buerne vnto bote busket onone,
13876 þat he come to Acaya, þere the kyng dwellit.
There were kepars full cant at the close yatis,
13880 þat no buerne was so bold pe brigge for to entre.
pai denyet hym onone o no kyn wise;
ffor thei kepe wold the comaundement of pere kynd lord.
ffast prayet the prinse, all with pure wordis, 13884 Of ffrenship, & fauour, and in faire wise.
ffull stuernly with strenght þai stourket hym þan, Bere hym bak on pe brigge, bet hym with-all. Telagonius, full tyte, tenet perwith.
13888 When he suffert the sore in his sad yre,
He nolpit on with his Neue in the necke hole, hat the bon alto brast, & the buerne deghit. With the remnond full rade he rixlit unfaire,
THE DEATH OF ULYSSES.
13892 With gronyng & grym gert hym to stynt, Cast hom ouer clanly at the cloise brigge. The noise was noyus the noble court þurgh, Bold men to be brigge bremly pai yode, 13896 Telagonius to take and tirne vnto dethe.
He wrests a sword from one;
han he braid to the buerne on pe brig sone, Ouerraght hym full roidly, reft hym his swerd, fights till 15 are ffaght with tho fuerse men felly agayne, 13900 Tyll fyftene were fay of his fell dynttes,
killed, and he is severely wounded.
And he woundit full wickedly in were of his lyf. pan the ruerde wax ranke of pat rught fare, Vlixes full lyuely launchit on fote, 13904 Hopet his sone was (out) slippit, þat set was in made his escape:
(MS, has "at")
And put downe his pepull as he past furth.
Segh his men to be mart with a mad childe,
Telagonius full tite toke hit in hond,
Cast euyn at the kyng with a cant will,
13916 Woundit hym wickedly to the wale dethe,
þat he dusshet euen doun of his dede hurt.
Wex pale of his payne, in point for to end; 13920 And weike of his wordes, woinerond in speche,
He spird at hom specially, as he speike might, What wegh þat hit was, woundit hym hade With a dart to the dethe, & deiret full mony: 13924 So hit meuit to his mynd in his mekill noye.
Telagonius full tite at a tulke asket,
The noise brings armed men from within.
sizes a dart,
(fol. 212 b.)
and rushes at Telegonus.
Ulysses receives a deadly wound.
In great agony, he remembers his vision, and a ks who the youth is.
(In MS. 1. 13923 follows 1. 13927.)
He falls to the earth in a swoon.
tears his clothes and his hair; falls
down at his father's feet, and declares himself.
(fol. 213 a.)
Ulysses tries to comfort him:
sends for Telemachus, who, on seeing his father, desires to slay Telegonus.
Ulysses forbids him: and exhorts them to be reconciled.
Who the freike was in faith, pat fraynit his nome. The said the lord was Vlixes, þat he lost hade. 13928 When Telagon the tale of the tru herd,
hat his fader was fey of his fell dynt,
And said:"Alas! for this lure, þat I lyue
13932 I haue faryn out of fere laund my fader to seche, Me to solas in sound, as a sone owe;
And now I done haue to deth, in my derf hate, bat my solas & socour sothely shuld be!"
13936 With fainttyng & feblenes he fell to be ground
Whan he wackont of wo, he wan vpo fote,
13940 ffowle frusshet his face with his felle nailes.
han he fell to be fete of þe fre kyng,
And told hym full tyte, þat Telagon he was, His son, þat on Circes sothely was getton :— 13944 "pat pou gate on þi gamyn, as vngrate felle; And if pou degh of this dynt, by destany pus, Oure goddis graunt me pat grace, pat I go with, And no lengur to lyue in no lond after."
13948 When Vlixes pe lord lyuely persayuit,
hat he to Circes was son, þat hym-self gat,
13952 pen for Telamoc, pe tothir son, tomly he sent,
And he come out of kepyng to his kid fadur; Wold haue britnet his brothir with a bare sword, fforto dere for pe deth of his du lord. 13956 3et Vlixes on lyue, as pe led myght,
With gronyng and greue gert hym to stynt; Bad pe lede schuld hym leue, as his lofe brothir,
TELEGONUS RETURNS HOME.
And cheris hym choisly for chaunse vpon vrthe.
Ys he birit in a burgh, & a bright toumbe,
Telemachus is made king; and Telegonus is greatly honoured
And a halfe, er þat end happit to fare,
He made hym knyght in his court, & couet to
At þe partyng was pité of po pure knyghtis,
All his lyf in his lond, with lordchip to haue. 13972 pen letteris had pe lede fro his lefe modur, fforto high hym in hast, & his home laite: So lefte he be lond of his lele brothir, Soght hom to Cerces with solas ynogh.
13976 Miche worchip had pe whe of his wale frendis, Having received
Gay giftys and grete, qwen he go wold.
many rich presents, he parts from Telemachus and returns to Eea.
13980 And so pe bold fro his brothir into bote 3ode : Into Aulida afterword abli he come,
To his modir full myld þat hym mykill louyt.
13984 Myche solast hir the sight of hir sone pan,
Euyn drownet in the depe, hir dole was the more, 13988 Or ellis fallyn in fight with po felle buernes, At the slaght of his Syre in the syde londes.*
A few lines awanting.
Within three days he is dead.
Circe, desires him to return home.
(fol. 213 b.)